Archive for July 19th, 2019

July 19 Energy News

July 19, 2019


¶ “Car Parts From Weeds: The Future Of Green Motoring?” • Cars are responsible for a lot of the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but their manufacture can emit as much CO₂ as all the fuel they burn. Could plastics made from weeds, modular designs, and other innovations help the motor industry reduce its carbon footprint? [BBC]

“Dandelions (Ion Chibzii, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “This Is How Natural Gas Loses: One Building At A Time” • Natural gas investors in the US are already beset a host of problems no investor would want. Now here comes another problem to add to the list: The city of Berkeley, California, has banned gas hookups for certain types of new buildings built after January 1, 2020. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Crown Backs Down And ‘Refines’ Plans For Offshore Wind Auction” • The Crown Estate has bowed to criticism over plans for the biggest offshore wind auction in a decade by agreeing to fairer terms for renewable energy companies. It said it has “refined” the plans to make developing renewable energy more affordable. [The Guardian]

Offshore wind power (Gareth Fuller | PA)

¶ “India To Achieve 63% Of Power Capacity From Renewable Energy” • India is likely to have 63% of its installed power capacity be non-fossil fuel sources by 2029-30, according to a report from the Central Electricity Authority. This would significantly exceed India’s Paris agreement target of 40% non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “REN21 Report Calls For ‘Ambitious And Sustained’ Policies To Make Energy Systems Sustainable” • Renewable energy use is on the rise, but a lack of “ambitious and sustained policies” hinders the sector’s potential contribution to reducing emissions and achieving climate and development goals, according to a report published by REN21. [IISD Reporting Services]

Solar power (Photo by American Public Power Association)

¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest June On Earth Ever Recorded” • If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. The sizzling average land and sea temperature of June 2019 was 1.71°F (0.95°C) above the global average temp, making June 2019 the hottest June in 140 years. [Live Science]

¶ “South Africa Plans To Replace Nuclear Reactor That Produces Medical Isotopes” • The Nuclear Energy Corp of South Africa and the country’s Department of Energy are working with other parties on a multi-purpose research reactor that would take over from the current plant that has been making medical isotopes since 1965. [Bloomberg]

Safari-1 reactor (Source: NTP)


¶ “New York Climate Law Aims To Drive Dramatic Changes Over Next 30 Years” • A bill signed into law by New York Gov Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions. The law is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for transitions in electricity, heating, and transportation. [PBS NewsHour]

¶ “A Raging Wildfire Is Burning Nearly 7,000 Acres Near Arizona’s Prescott National Forest” • A wildfire burning in central Arizona is forcing evacuations in a remote area near Prescott National Forest in Arizona, the US Forest Service said. The Cellar Fire has burned nearly 7,000 acres, and it was 0% contained as of Thursday, fire officials said. [CNN]

Fighting the Cellar Fire (KPHO | KTVK)

¶ “Expiring US Solar Power Subsidy Spurs Rush For Panels” • America’s biggest solar power developers, including Duke Energy, 8minute Solar Energy, and Shell-backed Silicon Ranch, are stockpiling panels to lock in a 30% federal tax credit set to start phasing out next year, a strategy that could backfire if panel prices slide substantially. []

¶ “DTE Energy Receives Approval To Purchase Three Wind Parks As It Transitions To Cleaner Energy” • DTE Energy announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission has conditionally approved its proposed purchase of three new Michigan wind parks to be completed in 2020. They add 455 MW to DTE’s wind portfolio. [Yahoo Finance]

Wind turbines

¶ “National Grid Increases Partners For Virtual Power Plant Project” • National Grid announced a partnership with SolarEdge Technologies for its ConnectedSolutions program in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Owners of solar inverters developed by SolarEdge will receive financial incentives for excess energy during demand peaks. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Scores US Offshore Hat-Trick” • JV partners Ørsted and Eversource signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for a 1.7-GW portfolio of US offshore wind farms. The German-Spanish firm will deliver its 8-MW wind turbines to three projects, subject to final investment decisions, according to Ørsted. [reNEWS]

Building a wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Finalizes Largest-Ever Renewables Procurement” • Hawaiian Electric Co says it plans to seek about 900 MW of new renewables, capable of generating about 2 million MWh each year. The requests for proposals are “among the largest single procurement efforts undertaken by a US utility,” the company said. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Illinois Agency Warns That State Is Not On Track To Meet Renewable Power Goals” • The head of the Illinois Power Agency, a state agency that procures power for Illinois utilities, is warning about a widening gap between the state’s ambitious renewable goals and its ability to meet them with existing funding and incentives. [Energy News Network]

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